Healingsprings fellowship: JuneSeries2017

JuneSeries 2017: Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19)
We stand in solidarity to Reconcile our brothers and sisters in the Congo with social and economic justice.
This Sunday we will be showing the Award Winning documentary: When Elephants Fight.
Following the doc we will take questions from panel members with a view to stir up a call to action! 
Refreshment will be provided, and we have opportunities for networking and collaboration. 
Join us as at 3pm as we continue the work of Reconciliation entrusted to us by Jesus.

Thought Leaders Series 2017

The philosopher Aristotle asserted that, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” 
Interestingly, even though science refutes this theory, and rightly so for reasons that will be superfluous for me to delve into within the context of this piece; philosophically, it holds true. 
For example, the impact of the institutionalisation of Christianity by Constantine meant that a faith that stood for peace and equality, now had an army and was involved in slavery and colonialism. 

Moving further in history, French Materialism and The Enlightenment provided counter arguments with science, history, anthropology, and philosophy to phenomena that the Church avoided, or provided shoddy answers to for years. Some true, others not so true, nevertheless, they caused severe damage to the authority of the Church. 

As predicted by Aristotle, the void left by this seismic shift led to distrust and apathy. The crater caused by their impact was filled by counter ideas like humanism and atheism. Overtime leading to Nationalism, The World Wars (most people still can’t comprehend how the Church supported Nazism), Individualism, and other Political and Economic ideologies upon us today. 

Now, If the theory of Historic Recurrence (simply put: history repeats itself), which is widely known in political and economic circles holds true, then the Bible becomes even more crucial in interpreting trends, and predicting future events. 

For example, before the Exile prophets like Elijah, Elisha, Amos, Hosea; warned both Kingdoms of an impending doom if they fail to reform. Sadly their appeal fell on deaf ears, some were even executed for treason, others for heresy. Even John The Baptist, our Lord Jesus Christ, not to mention Paul and the other disciples were voices of reform. In fact the disciples continued in the synagogues until they were persecuted, killed, and banned from preaching and worshiping; hence the drive to start meeting in houses and other safe spaces.
In the same vein, I believe these counter ideas are similar to the Exile imposed on ancient Israel and Judah. I believe they are means of forcing the Church to rethink its position, and change. 
They serve as catalysts in stirring the church to seek God afresh for answers in an ever changing World. Compelling the Church to come out of its towers, and immerse itself into the pain and suffering of the masses. Forcing the Church to become a living organism, one that keeps growing, thereby, not stunted by mediocrity. One that is always relevant in-spite of the changes in our World.  

A lack of foresight and an inability to see the need for reform by the Church Fathers, led to the tides of science and reason becoming counter arguments against the Church.

“from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;” – 1 Chronicles 12:32
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Thought Leaders Series 2017

In my studies last week I came across an interesting twist to the Golden Rule, which I believe is profound in relation to Kingdom business. It reads: 

“Whoever Has the Gold Makes the Rules.”

The brain behind this thought is unknown, however, while musing over it I got a deeper understanding of what Amos meant when he declared: 
“Woe to them that are at ease in Zion” – Amos 6:1
Or Jesus’ warning to his disciples, 
“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.” – Matthew 11:12
Dear friends for there to be a reorientation of society, and a spiritual emancipation of the masses, the existing power structures are to be addressed and scrutinised until we see,
“justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24
The problem with the Church is that we have become fat cats, and a part of the problem, rather than the solution to this corrupt system. 
History warns us that this struggle is never easy, but it’s worth starting. Because in the end – good will always triumph over evil.

Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

Foundations

God Bearers: Moses and the Prophets

Over the last couple of weeks I have been describing an ecosystem based on: the Scriptures, the interpreters and their audiences.

The interpreters (prophets: teachers, preachers) are those that have volunteered by way of Calling to do the work of contextualisation to Scriptures. In other words, those called out to rationalise divine oracles in relation to the sociopolitical challenges of their era. I call them God-bearers.

The last, but never the least part of this ecosystem (the audiences) can be subdivided into two groups: the church and the unchurched. The churched are also God-bearers, called to work alongside preachers and teachers towards the expansion of God’s kingdom here on earth (2 Cor. 4, Ezra 6:14). 

Therefore, in today’s talk I will focus on this unique relationship between both sets of God-bearers, in the shape of an institution we know today as the Church. During my talk I will explore its original intent as a vehicle for change and reorientation of our World, and how we can maximise its potential.

Join us as we set foundations for 2017
We march in the light of Nahum’s assertions: 
(For the Lord is restoring the majesty of Jacob, as well as the majesty of Israel, though ravagers have ravaged them and ruined their branches.) – Nahum 2:2
3pm 

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX

Prophecy for this season

According to dictionaries, Etiology is defined as the investigation or attribution of the cause or reason for something, often expressed in terms of historical or mythical explanation.

So, in a bid to find explanation or meanings to life’s mysteries, men of old came up with stories. Over time these stories were interpreted and reinterpreted in line with the prevailing ideas of times and seasons.
For example, we have the biblical story of The Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:9). This mythical story comes alive again as we see institutions crumble. As we witness perhaps the start of a new Cold War, US stand (rightly so by the way) against Israeli occupation, and nations retreat to nationalistic values and agenda. Any leader worth their salt would know and understand the dynamics of seasons and patterns. 
In other words, as we see in the natural, so it is in the realm of the spirits. Therefore, I declare that we are in a season of Outliers. In relation to the Church, the days of the mega church is over, not necessarily because of any ills – but with proliferation of technology and change in habits, that season is drawing to a close. 
Dear Friends, I hear the warning the lord gave to Nineveh through Prophet Nahum (2:1), and the consolation he returned to Israel (2:2) for her years in exile, affliction and shame. 
These Outliers will lead units through home groups, church halls, seasonal meetings, social media; until the season of ingathering. I see leaders of leaders, I see leaders of followers – glory hallelujah!
Join us at 3pm tomorrow (light refreshment afterwards)
The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, Kent DA14 6BX

We Are Moving Forward!

Dear friends,

It gives me great joy to announce to you that we have secured use of a purpose-built church hall with kitchen facilities in Sidcup for our Sunday services.
So, starting Sunday 2nd October, we will be having services at:
St John The Evangelist

Church Hall,

Church Road,

Sidcup DA14 6BX
3pm – 4:30pm (refreshment afterwards)
This Sunday we will be holding our last service at Bexleyheath Academy, 

Where I will be building on ideas from Ruth chapters 3 & 4. Same time, same room!

“For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.” – Habakkuk 2:3

This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship!

If you are in Chadwell St Mary or the surrounding area, please note that I will be speaking at the Community Church Chadwell, under the theme: 

How To Make A Difference In Our Broken World. 

This talk will focus on contextualisation using the Emmanuel (God with us in the here and now) Principle. 

In other words, how we can make the scriptures relevant to the challenges facing our world locally and globally. 
So, join me for their 9:30am service at:
Community Church Chadwell

8 Defoe Parade,

Chadwell St. Mary, 

RM16 4QR

“Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” – Amos 3:7